Take a Step Back in Time

Take a Step Back in Time

Take a Step Back in Time

Robin Mealey greets guests at Castleton’s Colonial Day House Tours.

Robin Mealey greets guests at Castleton’s Colonial Day House Tours.

Plan on spending the day on Saturday, August 20, at the Castleton Woman’s Club 78th annual Colonial Day House Tour. The self-guided walking tour includes over a dozen sites throughout the village, including outstanding period homes, public buildings, galleries and historic sites. The Federated Church on Main Street, described as builder Thomas Royal Dake’s architectural masterpiece, is a popular stop on the tour. The pulpit, with its intricate moldings and panels, is one of the most extraordinary in the state. Dake is famous for his beautifully scaled spiral staircases which can be seen in some of the homes on the tour. At the Higley House, home of the Castleton Historical Society, visitors can tour the exhibits, antique tools, carriage collection and period fashion display of 19th century clothing and accessories. Also on display there will be the famous Blue Cat Quilt depicting historic landmarks in town and highlights from the book, ‘The Blue Cat of Castleton.’ The quilt was entirely hand-sewn and quilted, with over 375 hours spent in creating the unique pattern of quilting stitches. Demonstrations of Early American crafts can be seen in homes on the tour and sculptor Kerry Furlani, known for her expressive slate carvings, will give a demonstration on the front porch of Meachem- Rehlen house. The House Tour will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 (or $18 for seniors 62 and over), and can be purchased on Colonial Day at ticket booths on Main Street. For information call 802-468-5691 or e-mail rileytjvt@comcast.net.

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